Perfect Picture Book Friday: Hello Goodbye Dog PLUS Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday. Actually, for me, every day is a perfect day for reading a picture book. And today we have one that will win everyone’s heart. It’s brand new…not even out yet…and I was lucky enough to get a copy of the F&G’s…but if you leave a comment on this blog post today, you might win a copy of the real thing.

But before we talk about today’s featured book, we need to announce the winner of Susanna Hill’s giveaway from last week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday post. And the winner is…


Congratulations, Sandy! I’ll send a joint email to you and Susanna so she can mail your prize to you.

And now it’s time for today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday pick.

hello goodbye dog cover


Written by: Maria Gianferrari

Illustrated by: Patrice Barton

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (July 2017)

Ages: Preschool – Grade 3


Friendship, pets


From Amazon:

For Zara’s dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with his favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.

Hello, Moose!

Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed at school and Moose has to go back home.

Goodbye, Moose.

But Moose can’t be held back for long. Through a series of escalating escapes, this loyal dog always finds her way back to Zara, and with a little bit of training and one great idea, the two friends find a way to be together all day long.

Why I like this book:

  • Great text and page turns
  • Wonderful illustrations
  • Full of humor and heart
  • Perfect launch pad for discussions about relationships, friendships, and how animals help us



bag-dogPhoto courtesy:

Just give me a group of young children, a stack of paper bags, and some scissors, glue, markers and construction paper – we’ll be happy for hours.

And to make this adorable dog puppet, that’s all you’ll need.

For detailed instructions, go here:

Other activities:

Check out your local library…ours has a therapy dog that comes once a week to listen to the children read.

Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway for a copy of HELLO GOODBYE DOG. And there is more picture book awesomeness afoot!

Tomorrow’s Will Write for Cookies post has a special giveaway…a Picture Book Manuscript CRITIQUE from author Maria Gianferrari. DON’T MISS IT!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

56 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: Hello Goodbye Dog PLUS Giveaway

  1. Sounds like a lovely book with a great message. Library dogs that listen to children read sound fun. I always told children in my class to read their books to parents, grandparents, siblings, pets, and soft toys. Everyone loves a good story!

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  2. HELLO GOODBYE DOG sounds so sweet. The cover draws you right in with the dog you just want to pet and play with and the adorable girl. I can’t wait to read this book.

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  3. I’ve seen some buzz about this book. Thanks for telling me more about it–sounds like a winner! I look forward to seeing it. And your paper bag puppet activity is perfect, Vivian!

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  4. Maria, you are a sweetheart, as well as a talented writer – and clearly a dog lover (I know I am not barking up the wrong tree! 🙂 The book sounds and looks lovely! Patrice Barton is a perfect match for your story (she illustrated a chapter book I wrote years ago and I love work.) All best to you and Moose!

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    • You are too kind, Carole–thank you so much!! How cool that we both have books that Patrice illustrated. We are very lucky :). ❤ ❤


  5. Thanks for the review, Vivian! I can’t wait to check out this sweet and charming book! You know it’s gotta be good when it was written by the talented Maria Gianferrari AND illustrated by the amazing Patrice Barton. 🙂

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    • Wow–thanks so much for your very kind words, Becky :). I am indeed the more fortunate one. Patrice’s art is just paw-fect for this book!!


  6. I love the cover illustration & can’t wait to read this book. I’m lucky enough to spend my days with two dogs underfoot. I can’t imagine leaving them while at school or work all day; I think I’d be the one escaping back to them if that were the case.

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  7. Maria Gianferrari is one of my favorite picture book authors. The illustrated cover is so adorable and it just makes me smile. Dogs and their people have solid bonds–my mom loves to tell about her cocker spaniel that walked her to school then left home to pick her up everyday, all without a watch, google maps, etc.

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  8. What great books you’ve featured lately, Vivian! Maria’s book sounds wonderful, and I LOVE the cover art. Can’t wait to check it out. And I’m so excited to win the giveaway for Susanna’s book last week! Thank you, Vivian and Susanna!

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  9. Since my granddaughter and her VERY feisty huge lab puppy moved in with me, I have a whole new appreciation of dogs (having been a cat person most of my rather long life). I’m learning both training and kisses (the best part!). Can’t wait to read your book(s)!!


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  11. I love the cover! It’ makes me definitely want to read the story! I love the loyalty that dogs show! The activity is a great idea! Someday, I hope my Sophie will be a reading dog! She is still TOO spunky 🙂

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